It’s some old fashioned Saturday night short track racing with the Saturday Night Thunder from Bristol on the eNASCAR iRacing circuit.
Drivers from the Xfinity, Gander RV Outdoors Truck, ARCA Menards, Pinty’s, and the PEAK Mexico Series will compete using ARCA Menards Series iRacing cars. Prior to the main event, nearly 50 drivers will compete in heats to determine which 24 will move on for the main racing event just as the drivers would do on the real tracks.
The ARCA Menards modeled cars can actually show wreck damage on the cars.
The night begins with four no caution flag 20 lap heat races with the top four finishers will move on to the main event. The drivers who did not qualify in one of the heat races will have one last chance to make it into the main event with one of two Las Chance Qualifier races with the top four finishers in each race moving on to the main event.
The main event will be a 150 lap shootout.
Drivers scheduled to appear in the races include:
In the first heat pole sitter Blake Koch brings the field down for the start of the race and gets out in front for the lead.
After leading every lap, Blake Koch wins the heat and will sit on the pole for the main event. Logan Seavy Chase Cabre, and Kaz Grala also move on to the main event.
Kyle Weatherman sits on the pole for heat number two and brings the field down for the green flag. Kyle Weatherman gets out in front to lead the race. After his wreck, Brennan Poole is running the race with the hood of his car up.
The drivers in heat number two are getting three wide and beating and banging as they fight for one of the top four positions. Chandler Smith and Brennan Poole wreck with smith hitting the wall.
Leading every lap, Kyle Weatherman wins heat number two. Alex Labbe, Josh Bilicki, and Jesse Iwuji also move on to the main event.
Anthony Alfredo sits on the pole for heat number three with Justin Allgaier starting alongside on the front row. Anthony Alfredo gets out in front for the lead as drivers are wrecking behind him.
Also going from pole to checkers, Anthony Alfredo wins the race; Will Rodgers, Justin Allgaier, and after starting from the back of the field Ty Majeski round out the top four and will move on to the main event.
With only three heat races, Derek Kraus will sit on the pole for the first Last Chance Qualifier. With no fourth heat race, six drivers from each LCQ race will move on to the main event to make up the 24 drivers in the main event.
Derek Krous takes the green flag and gets out in front for the lead. Jeb Burton and JJ Yeley tangle back in the field. Lap three, Matt Mills takes the lead as more drivers wreck back in the field. Leader Matt Mills gets turned around and Derek Kraus retakes the lead. Only three drivers remain on the lead lap. Wrecked car with hood up and one lap down, Myatt Snider is the last car eligible to move to the main event.
Derek Kraus wins the first LCQ; Ryan Truex, Brandon Brown, Joey Gase, Jeb Burton, and Myatt Snider will all move on to the main event.
For LCQ number two, Bayley Currey sits on the pole and will bring the field down for the green flag. Bayley Currey gets turned around even before the green flag drops. Landon Huffman takes the lead of the race as more drivers wreck back in the field.
After leading every lap, Landon Huffman wins the race; Ruben Garcia Jr, Justin Haley, Harrison Burton, Stewart Friesen, and Chandler Smith will all move on to the main event.
For the 150 lap main event, cautions do count with the decision coming from the “tower” and the drivers have one chance to “reset” their cars for damage repairs.
Blake Koch will bring the field to the green flag with Kyle Weatherman starting alongside on the front row.
Blake Koch jumps out in front for the lead of the race as a wreck happened back in the field.
Lap 10, the drivers get spread out on the track with Blake Kock leading the way.
Lap 23, Blake Koch ahs a commanding lead on the field with Kyle Weatherman in second; there are 18 cars on the lead lap.
Ruben Garcia and Jeb Burton brings out the first caution flag of the race on lap 25 after hitting the wall. Stewart Friesen was also involved in the wreck.
Leaders Blake Kock and Kyle Weatherman; along with laps down driver Landon Huffman stayed out on the track; while the remainder of the field come down pit road for service.
Blake Koch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 32 with Koch taking the lead. The “big one” brings the caution flag out on lap 33 when Derek Kraus gets hit by several drivers.
Blake Koch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 39 as drivers again wreck back in the field. The caution flag comes out on lap 40 after Jeb Burton and Derek Kraus could not get going again.
For non iRacing regulars, Bristol is one of the more difficult tracks to master.
Blake Koch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 45 and holds on to the lead after a challenge from Chase Cabre.
One third of the way through the race and Blake Koch has led every lap so far.
The caution flag comes out on lap 51 after Chandler Smith and Josh Bilicki make contact and wreck..
Blake Koch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 56 and holds on to the lead.
Lap 59, Chase Cabe is on leader Blake Koch’s bumper challenging for the lead; but so far Koch holds him off.
Alex Labbe takes second place away from Chase Cabre on lap 63 and looks to challenge leader Blake Koch.
The caution flag comes out on lap 66 for a wreck, just as Alex Labbe was trying to pass leader Blake Koch.
And for the first time in the race, Blake Koch gives up the lead for a trip down pit road. He is joined by several other drivers.
Alex Labbe takes over the lead.
Alex Labbe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 71 and is immediately challenged.
The caution flag comes out on lap 74 after another big wreck involving Jeb Burton, Brandon Brown, and Ruben Garcia Jr.
Alex Labbe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 79 and holds on to the lead.
Kyle Weatherman gets into the wall. The caution flag comes out on lap 85 for a wreck involving Kaz Grala and Blake Koch.
Alex Labbe brings his car down pit road but most of the field stayed out on the track. Chase Cabre is the new leader.
After battling drivers for the lead, Chase Cabre takes the top spot and brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 91. Cabre jumps out in front for the lead.
Jeb Burton gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag on lap 93.
After wrecking on the first lap, Ty Majeski is in second place and after starting the race in 23rd place Myatt Snider is in third place.
Chase Cabre brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 98 and holds on to the lead. In a battle with Myatt Snider, Ty Majeski slams the wall; but the track stays green.
Lap 100, two thirds of the way through the race, Chase Cabre is the leader of the race with 14 cars on the lead lap.
The caution flag comes out on lap 106 for a wreck involving Chandler Smith, Justin Haley, and Anthony Alfredo. Pole sitter Blake Koch was also involved.
Race control has determined that the next restart will be a single file start.
Chase Cabre brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 112 and holds on to his lead with Ty Majeski in second. Myatt Snider gets into the wall on the restart but the track stays green.
With 25 laps remaining in the race, Chase Cabre continues to lead the race with Ty Majeski in second. Alex Labbe gets around Justin Allgaier for fourth place and sets his sights on Logan Seavy.
Ty Majeski gets into the wall; putting Logan Seavy in second and Alex Labbe in third.
Lap 138, Logan Seavy passes Chase Cabre for the lead.
Lap 144, as Alex Labbe and Chase Cabre battle for the second position, Logan Seavy increaes his lead.
Logan Seavy takes the white flag.
Logan Seavy wins the race!